Yesterday, authorities in Mexico found 18 mutilated and decapitated bodies close to Guadalajara, the country’s second largest city. The incident appears to be the latest atrocity in Mexico’s drug war.
It has been reported that some of the bodies were mutilated to such an extent that it is, at this point, impossible to determine their gender, as well as the identity of the victims.
The bodies were found in a motel close to a motorway, in western Mexico. Heads and body parts have also been found due to an anonymous tip off in two abandoned cars on a motorway in the small town of Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos, reported today.
According to police, a note signed by the Zetas cartel, was found in one of the abandoned cars. Zetas, one of Mexico’s drug cartels, is responsible for some of the worst incidents in the country’s drug war. The note was directed against Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, considered to be the most powerful drug trafficker in the country.
The incident comes amid a series of atrocities between the Zetas cartel and rival groups. Last November 26 bodies were found in three abandoned cars on a central avenue in Guadalajara.
The drug war in Mexico has caused over 50,000 deaths since December 2006.